Monday Link Round Up: May 22, 2017

News to start your week!   The New York Times remembers the life and work of electronic composer Maryanne Amacher, who died in 2009.  Her studies with Stockhausen helped shape her unique approach and sound – and led her to fantastic collaborations, including with John Cage, but few authorized recordings of her works.  Read more here.   Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider has a great piece featured at NewMusicBox discussing the continued obstacles women composers face – including the gendered language used to describe works by women composers.  This is another important voice in the continued conversations – read on here.   WQXR, NYC’s…

Composers You Should Know: Mary Howe

Today (April 4) is the 134th birthday of American pianist and composer Mary Howe. An incredibly prolific composer, Howe was fortunate to be born into a wealthy and supportive family.  After receiving piano lessons from an early age, Howe was performing professionally by age 18.  She completed formal study in composition at Peabody Conservatory, and was also a pupil of Nadia Boulanger. Her oeuvre includes works for large ensembles  (chorus and orchestra), as well as chamber ensembles (solo voice and piano).  Though she received great praise throughout her lifetime for her works, many of her pieces remain unpublished. Her papers, including manuscripts of…

Upcoming Concerts

We are looking forward to another great weekend of concerts supported by WPA Performance Grants!   Today, Friday March 11, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra will open their concert with Stars by American composer and pianist Mary Howe.  A prolific composer, Howe composed large and small works, many of which were published in her lifetime.  Learn more about tonight’s concert here!   On Sunday, March 13, the Princeton Symphony will present a new work by Caroline Shaw.  Lo for violin and orchestra was co-commissed by the Princeton Orchestra, and this performance will feature the composer as soloist.  More information and tickets are available here and…

Mary Howe

Born in Virginia in 1882 and raised in Washington, D.C., Mary Howe (nee Carlisle) was an accomplished pianist and composer of large and small forms. She studied at the Peabody Conservatory as well as abroad with Nadia Boulanger. Known primarily for her piano works, Howe’s choral and orchestral compositions were also highly praised. In fact her “Chain Gang Song” for orchestra and chorus was specifically praised for its lack of femininity. Her works were acclaimed nationally and internationally, and she had several works commissioned, working actively until her death in 1964.  Her papers are held at the New York Public…